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LINO: WA Liberal Premier repeats Chinese propaganda

colinbarnett WA Liberal In Name Only Premier Colin Barnett has slammed an advertisement critical of the communist regime in China. The ad campaign funded by businessman Ian Melrose reminds Australians of the Beijing regime’s attack on its own citizens in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The sensitive Premier feels it is inappropriate to remind the Chinese government of what he described as a “low point” and a mere “violation of (the) rights of students.”

Even the Chinese government concedes there were 241 killed and 7000 wounded from the 1989 massacre, more reliable sources like the Chinese Red Cross and western intelligence agencies believed the regime murdered many thousands of people as a consequence of the regime ordering soldiers to fire on unarmed protesters.

To ensure these orders were carried out, the Chinese government shrewdly brought in obedient troops from far-off parts of China because officials thought city-based troops more likely to be troubled about gunning down thousands of unarmed civilians who were their neighbours, friends or relatives.

TianasquareAnd the man who stopped four tanks dead in their tracks was never seen again, believed to have been taken away by Chinese secret police and executed for embarrassing the regime.

The WA Premier is out of step with his party colleagues on how to deal with the prospect of the Chinese government acquiring mining assets in Australia. Barnett’s federal leader Malcolm Turnbull has opposed the Chinese government’s move to take a large stake in one of Australia’s largest mining companies, Rio Tinto. It would leave them the largest shareholder in the company.

Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce argues

“The Australian government would never be allowed to buy a mine in China, so why would we allow the Chinese to buy and control a key strategic asset in Australia?”


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  1. Contemptible LINO filth.

    Posted by No more LINOs | June 2, 2009, 13:31
  2. I salute my little friend Colin. Thank you for allowing us to wipe our anus on your hand-towel in the Premier’s suite.

    Your bounty will be rich in your retirement.

    Posted by H.E. Mr. Zhang Junsa | June 2, 2009, 13:37
  3. I might have a sniff of the Chinese chap’s wife’s chair.

    Posted by Troy Buswell | June 2, 2009, 14:38
  4. In political jargon, the term useful idiot was used to describe Soviet sympathizers in western countries and the attitude of the Soviet government towards them. The implication was that though the person in question naïvely thought themselves an ally of the Soviets or other Communists, they were actually held in contempt by them, and being cynically used.
    The term is now used more broadly to describe someone who is perceived to be manipulated by a political movement, terrorist group, hostile government, or business, whether or not the group is Communist in nature.

    Posted by useful idiot | June 2, 2009, 14:42
  5. In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it.

    Posted by Sun Tzu informs Chinese strategy | June 2, 2009, 15:29
  6. It is peculiar in the extreme that Mr Li Changchun, one of the highest ranking Chinese Party officials, could have a secret lunch at The Lodge and for the Prime Minister Mr Rudd to think the Australian people would not be interested in what was discussed.

    The Chinese sovereign wealth funds such as Chinalco are an arm of the Chinese Government.

    They want to purchase a large stake in our resource base which I believe will be detrimental to the long-term wealth base of Australia.

    This is not only my belief it is also a palpable concern of the Australian people if the correspondence I receive is in any way a reflection of sentiment.

    It is in China’s long-term interest to extend their sovereign ownership over a resource base for their use. As I walk down Londsdale Street today in Melbourne I see the headquarters of BHP Billiton and as self-evident as that building is should be the fact to all Australians that our wealth was, is and will be our connection to our mineral base. If, for instance, the OZ Minerals sale to Minmetals goes ahead, which will mean that its four Australian mines are 100 per cent owned by the Chinese Government, then how can you argue against the Chinese Government owning 18 per cent of one of our major exporters, Rio Tinto.

    If in the long term the Australian people are divested from their sovereign connection to their primary source of wealth, is it even tenable that you would be able to get it back without a major diplomatic issue on your hands and in that major diplomatic issue would you prevail.

    We should not feel guilty about saying the word ‘No’. China did precisely the same thing with Coca-Cola’s bid for the Huiyuan juice company. Our mineral wealth is far more important to us than a juice company is to China.

    Posted by Barnaby Joyce | June 2, 2009, 16:10
  7. Hello, I agree that selling Australia’s mineral wealth to China or any foreign government is morally wrong and is really just a cop out. That will have an irreversible affect on this country’s wealth, and future, and sovereignty

    Posted by keep us safe | June 2, 2009, 16:10
  8. Barnaby you are a retard.

    Posted by anon | June 2, 2009, 17:39
  9. Chinese elements in the WA Local Government peak body are behind the attempt to reintroduce first past the post voting to local government in that state. The WA Local Government Association is behind the introduction of legislation, which has still to pass the WA upper house, that will allow pro-Chinese puppets more influence in WA local government. Premier Barnett is behind these puppets. So are WA Greens Chrissy Sharp and Dee Margetts.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009, 19:43
  10. Dear Andrew

    If Colin Barnett is a LINO, and the anachronism surely encompasses Labor as well as Liberal, then let there be a straw poll of all politicians on this issue.

    And what about the Rio Tinto directors and management who are supporting the proposal? What about their need for $19.5 billion injection?

    If we, Australia, are that worried about another Sovereign Fund investing in a business that operates in Australia then let us open it up to the public and review them all now.

    And if we determine that Chinalco is not a worthy investor in a company that operates in Australia then how do we assess the participation of any company that operates in Australia and elsewhere?

    Kind regards
    Denis Hardiman

    Posted by Denis Hardiman | June 2, 2009, 21:16
  11. What would you do if most of your export income, and hence economy, was driven by the leading developing (and probably soon to be) largest world economy.

    Posted by Dark Horse | June 3, 2009, 1:14
  12. What the hell does a massacre have to do with mining? Putting the fact that people died into an advertisement about rio tinto is just about the stupidest thing ever. Are they trying to make everyone hate China or something? There are other ways to get a message across than putting two completely different issues together.

    Posted by H | June 4, 2009, 0:28


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